Photographer's Note

Between September 18-30 I was serving as a special interest lecturer on board the Crystal Serenity, plying the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Having sailed out of Istanbul on Wednesday, September 19, the magnificent cruise ship sailed through the Dardanelles, and docked at the Island of Mykonos on September 21.

Mykonos is a veritable stage set, featuring narrow streets, buildings painted in deep blues and pristine whites (the colors that inspired the Greek flag). And of course, there is the town's mascot, Petros the Pelican. (I must admit, in several visits to Mykonos in the past three decades, I've witnessed Petros's oscillation in age — young in some years, old in others — attesting to the existence of several generations of Petroses.)

As we traipsed along the narrow streets, we came upon a door to to the courtyard of an elementary school. Alas, it takes no more than a smile, to get children to respond to a camera. A good trick I've discovered over the years is to take several images in quick succession, and select the best. In this photo, the children jockeyed for position, put their heads together, and managed simultaneously to have their left eyes in the openings between the slats.

We also took a bus ride to the topless (optional) beach, "Paradise". We dared not to go to another beach, "Ultimate Paradise," where guests have to doff all clothing.

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